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Groovy Luck Best on Grass in Sunday's FG Feature

NEW ORLEANS, La. (December 14, 2008) - Robert Asaro Enterprises' Groovy Luck made the pace and held on willingly to capture the featured $46,000 turf sprint allowance Sunday at Fair Grounds.

Ridden by Colby Hernandez and trained by Norman Miller III, Groovy Luck finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Cya Later Bert. It was another two lengths back to Terryhowieandjimmy in third.

Groovy Luck paid $6.20, $3.40, and $3, while Cya Later Bert returned $5.40 and $3.60 with Terryhowieandjimmy paying $5.60 to show.

Groovy covered the about five and a half furlongs over a "good" Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:04.94 after setting early splits of :22.37 and :46.85.  The 5-year-old Groovy Jett gelding increased his career earnings to $185,390 with his eighth victory from 16 lifetime starts.

Fair Grounds is dark until Thursday, when the track shifts to a five-day-a-week schedule. First post for the 11-race card is 12:30 p.m. CST.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation's third-oldest Thoroughbred racing facility, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and nine off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. Fair Grounds' 137th Thoroughbred season will run from Nov. 14, 2008, through March 29, 2009, and its inaugural Quarter Horse meet was conducted from Aug. 20-24, 2008. Information about Fair Grounds can be found on the Internet at www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.